Careers in Care – Job roles

There are many different roles in the Care sector which utilise different skills. This means there is opportunity to progress and build a career in Care. Below are some of the key jobs you could be working in and a bit of information about each of them:

Care Assistants/Care Workers

Care Assistants can work in either residential settings or offer support in people’s homes. Duties include:

  • Helping people get up or go to bed
  • Serving meals
  • Assisting people to take part in activities and hobbies
  • Personal Care and support emotional wellbeing

Support Worker/Personal Assistant

Support Workers and Personal Assistants are similar to Care Assistants but there is more focus on independent living. They can either work in residential homes or may work for individuals in their own home. In addition to the role of the Care Assistant duties may include:

  • Providing help in organising and attending appointments
  • Processing bills or helping with housing and advice
  • Helping people go shopping and getting out to do things they enjoy

Activities Coordinator

Activities coordinators are responsible for planning and facilitating activies for residents in a care home. This could be quizzes or bingo to day trips out or guest speakers. Some of the duties include:

  • Developing regular varied activities based on residents abilities and interests
  • Ensuring staff can help residents to engage in activities
  • Managing budgets for activities

Team Leader/Senior Care Assistant

This role would include the duties of a care assistant but also hold some additional responsibilities such as:

  • Supporting and encouraging a team of care assistants
  • Completing reviews of staff and ensuring they are delivering quality care
  • Any additional duties assigned by the Home manager
  • Regularly assessing service users and looking for changes in their care needs

Deputy/Assistant Care Manager

This role can be based either in a residential home or as a manager of a team of carers for a domiciliary care provider. Duties include:

  • Manage and co-ordinate day to day running of the service
  • Ensure high levels of care and service being offered by staff
  • Work with other care/health professionals
  • Monitor and uphold quality standards of the service
  • Support the home manager

Home/Service Manager

This role will include some of the same duties as a deputy manager. The role also will include:

  • Responsible for meeting standards set by Care Quality Commission
  • Manage budgets
  • Recruit, train and supervise staff
  • Oversee the day to day running of the home / service

Rota coordinator

Rota coordinators are responsible for ensuring a service is fully staffed at all times. This involves putting together shifts patterns for each member of staff and identifying any issues. Duties include:

  • Raising any staffing issues and absences
  • Arranging cover for shifts needed
  • Working with local agencies to find staff if cover not available

These are just a few of the varied and interesting roles in Care. All will help you develop transferable skills and are incredibly rewarding.
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